Brisbane Open House

While Brisbane Open House only comes around once a year many of our participating buildings, cultural institutions and curiosities are open all year round – BOH gives us a good excuse to get out a discover something new… or old!

Brisbane City Council have developed some self-guided walking tours, through many of BOH existing precincts. These self-guided resources can be used on their own all year round, or over the Brisbane Open House weekend as an accompaniment to your BOH journey.

We hope you find them useful – they are full of fascinating historical facts and images. Enjoy exploring!

Explore the heart of Brisbane with this pocket guide! City Centre Heritage Trail

Wind through the narrow streets of Spring Hill with its rows of modest 19th Century cottages – a snapshot of the area’s rich history. Saunter through Spring Hill

Did you know with the official closing of the penal settlement in 1842, Moreton Bay was opened to free settlers and Fortitude Valley area was cleared for farmland. Explore Fortitude Valley Heritage Trail 

The Brisbane River has long been the defining feature of our city. Known as Maiwar to Aboriginal people, the river has provided a backdrop to thousands of years of ecological and cultural history. Explore  The River Heritage Trail 

Weave through some of the streets of Newstead and Bowen Hills, and learn the rich history of the area. Navigate through Newstead

Did you know Woolloongabba used to be known as One Mile Swamp? It wasn’t until the 1870s the name of the area was changed to Woolloongabba… Discover the Gabba

Did you know by the time it closed in 1998, Milton Tennis Centre had been host to more Davis Cup matches than any other city in Australia? That electric trams used to run down Milton Rd? Or that Coronation Drive used to be called River Road? Discover the Milton Heritage Trail


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